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Three Things Thursday Means Sharing Three Thoughts – June 16 Inspiration

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Yes, it’s Thursday: Three Things Thursday, an idea I picked up from a fellow blogger. And since another priority pulled me away from blogging for a couple days (exciting opportunity–stay tuned for details!), I’m making this a triple blog post of three devotional thoughts for this Three Things Thursday! 😉

 

~~1~~

“Guilt doesn’t bring us nearer to God;

it distances us from Him.

Listen. Disappointments may discourage you.

Anxiety may plague you.

But guilt ? Guilt consumes you. So what are we to do?

Confess our need. Proclaim our guilt to the Father.

And accept the righteousness of God,

freely given by the One

Whose sacrifice makes us righteous.

‘Father, You are holy and righteous,

and I gratefully accept Your gift of redemption.'”

–Max Lucado in “Traveling Light”

~~2~~

“Whatever the problem or situation,

decision is always better

than doubt and indecision.

Become a decisive person,

 and you will accomplish a lot more

with less effort.

No one learns to hear from God

without making mistakes.

Don’t be overly concerned about errors.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.

You are a fallible human being,

not an infallible god.

Learn  from your mistakes,

correct the ones you can,

and continue being decisive.

Don’t fall back into a  pattern of indecision

and double-mindedness

just because you are wrong a few times.

Take some action and sow the seed.

Devote a reasonable amount of time

to waiting on God.

Don’t be afraid of yourself!

You will not be the first person

to make a mistake,

nor will you be the last.

The fear of failure

keeps thousands trapped in indecision,

which definitely steals joy

 and complicates life.

Don’t be afraid to make a decision–

 follow through with it.

Just do it!”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

~~3~~

“We all have times in life

when we feel like giving up…

God gave many men and women in the Bible

difficult tasks to perform,

but He always promised a reward.

Looking to the reward helps us

 to endure the difficulty.

I encourage you not to look

merely at your work,

But look also at the promise of reward.

Take time to enjoy the fruit of your labor, 

and be energized to finish your course.

It will also build confidence

as you realize that you are worth enjoying

the reward of your labors,

and it is indeed God’s will for you.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

~~*~~

 

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My reflections:

~1~ So timely right now, especially in light of a family tragedy that just occurred on my hubby’s side of the family. Many people are dealing with guilt over a family member, yet there was nothing anybody could have done to prevent this situation.

~2~ I think some of the best takeaways from this one are to remember we’re not perfect, and will make mistakes, but as long as we keep learning from them and continue making decisions and taking action, we will be more productive and accomplish more!

~3~ I am so thankful that God, and those people He has placed in my life to be encouragers and supporters, have helped me to NOT give up on my various dreams! I will continue to keep my eyes on the prize and rewards that await me for goals achieved.

~~*~~

So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you struggle with feelings of guilt, or difficulty making decisions?

Have you felt like giving up, but then push yourself forward to achieve your goals?

22 Comments

  1. tara pittman

    We are not one bit perfect. I am happy Jesus is perfect for us.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  2. Amy Jones

    Beautiful thoughts and beautiful quotes, we are allowed to feel week sometimes as long as we stand back up and keep going

    17 . Jun . 2016
  3. Salma

    Excited to hear about the new opportunity coming up!

    17 . Jun . 2016
  4. Lexie Lane

    All of us are not perfect, we should learn how to work out our imperfections and accept it.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  5. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Yup, I suffer from that thing called mom guilt. I am working on it, though.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  6. Alana

    Ah, indecision. But indecision is a decision. And it’s never a good decision.
    If I could get personal for a minute, and guess the type of tragedy, please know that has happened within my husband’s family twice – an uncle, and a cousin. I’ll be thinking of you and your family.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  7. Rachel Mouton

    I love these quotes. Guilt really is a dream killer and can make you feel so, well, guilty! It’s a horrible feeling and never productive.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  8. Nicole Escat

    I like the last one, God is really kind to us. He never give up on us, though sometimes we easily give up on him.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  9. chris

    Reflection is always a time where guilt and what if’s appear. But it is also part of the healing process.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  10. Nikki Jenner

    I have my weakness too but I always ask God’s strength to sustain me especially on my down days.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  11. Carol Cassara

    Yes. Stay away from people who belittle, period. They can really drag us down. Good advice today!

    17 . Jun . 2016
  12. Sheri Ann Richerson

    I do struggle with guilt. I do push myself forward. It is not always an easy task and there are times I feel really down. Thanks for sharing.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  13. Stephanie Ortez

    When I look back, I often used the word “struggle” to describe how I survived certain circumstances, but it was really me fighting to achieve my goals. I do struggle sometimes making decisions, but my goal is based on what is good for me, rather than putting up with negativity. I enjoy reading your blog, you lift up my spirits 🙂

    17 . Jun . 2016
  14. Erlene A

    I suffer from guilt and it’s definitely a battle to work through. Sometimes I feel like I could have done something different or change something, so it’s a process, but I keep moving forward.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  15. Shannon Peterson

    I ove the quote on allowing yourself victories! I might have to print that out and save it for later!

    17 . Jun . 2016
  16. Liz Cleland

    I love the quote” Give yourself praise for your accomplishments”. I swear we are our own worst enemies and sometimes any victory is something.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  17. Elizabeth O.

    We can never let guilt get the best of us, otherwise our decision making will be clouded and we might end up making the wrong decision. It’s always better to accept what has happened. I hope everything is okay with you and your family, I pray for the best.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  18. Rosey

    Waiting is the hardest part. It’s tempting to goof things up and do it yourself when you know better too.

    18 . Jun . 2016
  19. Aziel Morte

    Such a great message, I have so many weakness but I’m so glad that there have a God always guide me

    19 . Jun . 2016
  20. Marielle Altenor

    I’ve had thoughts of giving up more so in the last few months. But I set out to reach my goals, and I’m determined to get them!

    19 . Jun . 2016
  21. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla

    At times, yes and there were people who were around me to help. I guess, the feeling of being alone makes up for a huge chunk of sinking in deep further.

    20 . Jun . 2016
  22. ana fernandez

    When Im down I feel like giving up but that thinking last just a moment! I try to always stay positive

    21 . Jun . 2016

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